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Week 10 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Indianapolis Colts


Reggie Wayne: BYE-20-10-11-11-9 (12.6), Donnie Avery: BYE-8-12-6-7-8 (8.5), T.Y. Hilton: BYE-9-4-5-6-11 (6.3), Coby Fleener: BYE-9-6-2-3-dnp (5.1), Dwayne Allen: BYE-5-4-2-5-7 (3.8), Vick Ballard: BYE-1-3-1-1-6 (1.6), LaVon Brazill: BYE-0-1-1-1-5 (1.3), Donald Brown: BYE-2-dnp-dnp-1-1 (1.2), Mewelde Moore: BYE-dnp-0-0-2-dnp (1), Nathan Palmer: BYE-1-2-0-dnp-dnp (1), Weslye Saunders: BYE-dnp-dnp-0-1-1 (0.7)



So after I finally give up on Donnie Avery, he catches five passes for 108 yards. But then he gets hurt, so my anger toward him subsides into pity and then T.Y. Hilton starts going off and my emotions switch to greed, hoping that Avery might not play next week which will mean Hilton would have a good chance to produce and then into guilt again for hoping that Avery would stay hurt. The cycle of a crazy fake footballer.



Jacksonville Jaguars


Justin Blackmon: 10-8-BYE-4-8-9 (6.8), Cecil Shorts: 5-3-BYE-10-12-4 (5.6), Marcedes Lewis: 3-7-BYE-3-7-6 (4), Laurent Robinson: 1-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-9 (5.2), Rashad Jennings: 1-0-BYE-9-8-4 (3.8), Maurice Jones-Drew: 5-3-BYE-0-dnp-dnp (3), Greg Jones: 4-0-BYE-0-0-dnp (1.4), Micheal Spurlock: 0-dnp-BYE-0-2-5 (1), Kevin Elliott: 0-3-BYE-1-2-0 (1), Zach Potter: 0-1-BYE-1-0-0 (0.5), Montell Owens: 0-0-BYE-0-dnp-dnp (0.5), Jalen Parmele: 0-0-BYE-1-1-1 (0.4)


Justin Blackmon scored his first touchdown and Laurent Robinson returned to nine targets, but all in all it was still a sad day for fantasy in the Jaguars passing game. Cecil Shorts had been coming on strong, but only had four targets to Blackmon’s nine, Robinson’s nine, Lewis’ six and Spurlock’s five. If he is to remain a fantasy player, he can’t be the fifth man on the totem pole going forward.



Kansas City Chiefs


Dwayne Bowe: 12-8-9-BYE-6-10 (10.2), Dexter McCluster: 4-0-8-BYE-8-6 (5.6), Jamaal Charles: 4-3-3-BYE-3-4 (3.6), Tony Moeaki: 4-1-2-BYE-8-0 (3.5), Jon Baldwin: 5-3-5-BYE-2-2 (3.4), Shaun Draughn: 5-1-4-BYE-2-2 (2.6), Steve Breaston: 1-0-0-BYE-1-2 (1.5), Peyton Hillis: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1-1 (1.8), Steve Maneri: dnp-0-5-BYE-dnp-0 (1.7), Jake O’Connell: 0-0-0-BYE-3-0 (0.4), Kevin Boss: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp (1.5), Cyrus Gray: 1-1-0-BYE-0-0 (0.3), Nate Eachus: dnp-0-2-BYE-0-dnp (0.7)


Dwayne Bowe had a better game last week, catching eight balls for 79 yards. But he was force fed ten targets by Matt Cassel and unless you are in a one point PPR league, he didn’t do your team much good without a touchdown and he’s in a four game drought. The passing game for Kansas City isn’t going to be producing big games anytime soon it seems.


Jamaal Charles at least had 15 touches before his helmet-to-helmet shot. He’s too good not to just throw in your lineup because the odds are he’ll go off for 300 yards if you bench him.



Miami Dolphins


Brian Hartline: 19-5-0-BYE-6-12 (8.9), Davone Bess: 12-6-9-BYE-9-9 (8.1), Anthony Fasano: 5-4-6-BYE-2-4 (4.9), Reggie Bush: 1-2-7-BYE-1-3 (3.1), Charles Clay: 1-5-2-BYE-1-1 (1.8), Daniel Thomas: 1-1-dnp-BYE-2-4 (2.2), Anthony Armstrong: 0-0-0-BYE-dnp-dnp (1.8), Jorvorskie Lane: 0-2-2-BYE-0-1 (0.9), Jabar Gaffney: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-2-3 (2.5), Marlon Moore: dnp-0-3-BYE-1-1 (0.8), Legedu Naanee: 2-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp (1.2)


The return of Brian Hartline was nice to see. He had been corralled by some tough pass defenses of late and finally got a little room to roam, which in turn gave him his highest target count since his huge game in Arizona. He’s not the kind of receiver who can beat tough corners, but he’s good enough to beat run of the mill corners and Ryan Tannehill is good enough to get him the ball.


The splits between Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas have been interesting of late. Bush is obviously the superior talent, but it seems the staff wants to reduce his workload to keep him healthy. Over the last two games Bush has had 24 carries and four targets to Thomas’ 21 carries and six targets. That is 28 to 27 looks. That is a 51% to 49% split. With the Dolphins facing Tennessee and Buffalo the next two weeks and then Jacksonville and Buffalo again in weeks 15 and 16, this information could be worthwhile. I’d still rather own Bush, but you have to temper expectations, while hedging your bets with Thomas.



New England Patriots


Wes Welker: 11-15-14-8-9-BYE (10.4), Brandon Lloyd: 7-5-12-8-4-BYE (8.6), Rob Gronkowski: 11-5-8-9-13-BYE (8), Aaron Hernandez: dnp-dnp-9-7-dnp-BYE (6), Danny Woodhead: 2-1-5-4-7-BYE (2.8), Julian Edelman: dnp-dnp-dnp-2-2-BYE (3.8), Deion Branch: 0-2-4-2-1-BYE (2), Stevan Ridley: 0-0-2-0-0-BYE (1.2), Daniel Fells: 2-2-2-0-0-BYE (1), Shane Vereen: 2-0-0-1-1-BYE (0.8), Brandon Bolden: 1-1-0-dnp-dnp-BYE (0.3), Michael Hoomanawanui: 0-dnp-dnp-0-1-BYE (0.3)


The Patriots used their bye to give Tom Brady a fauxhawk.


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Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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